AFC 3-1 AVFC: A Woeful start for Arsenal
By Kieran Hill
Could it have possibly have gone worse? I think not.
The Gunners started their season by losing 3-1 to Aston Villa, who were worried about relegation last season. Also they lost Laurent Koscielny, their top defender, to two unfair yellow cards. To make matters worse, the penalty with put Villa ahead, and gave Koscielny his first card, was a perfectly timed tackle.
You think that's bad enough? Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both picked up knocks and had to be replaced. Arsenal's defender injury crisis is a nightmare, with their list racking up even higher every day. Nacho Monreal, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny (susp) and Kieran Gibbs are all injured (unless specified).
Christian Benteke, who handed in a transfer request and then withdrew it, scored to penalties. Well I say scored both, he missed one, and then scored the lucky rebound. His second penalty was much more convincing, however.
The Ox got a bad knock after going into a 50/50 tackle with debutant Luna, whose known as Tony Moon by his fellow teammates. Luna was booked, maybe unfairly, after both players got to their feet. Santi Cazorla replaced Ox at the halfway mark.
Walcott troubled occasionally with his pace, but close marking stopped him from getting in behind.
Giroud scored from close range early on, following a good run from Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, after this, apart from a chance for Tomas Rosicky, and one for Cazorla, Arsenal never really troubled the Claret and Blues.
Arsene Wenger received upsetting chants from the Arsenal faithful, regarding the state of the movement from the Gunners in the market.
Will he start spending?